CHAP. XLVI.] THE RED RIVER CAMPAIGN. 445
March 20.—In the evening an expedition under Col. T. J. Lucas,
consisting of the First Brigade and two regiments of the Fourth
Brigade, started up the Bayou Rapides road. They were supported
by a detachment from General A. J. Smith's command, under Brig-
adier-General Mower, who had charge of the movement.
March 21.—Colonel Lucas encountered the enemy at Henderson's
Hill and succeeded in gaining their rear. In conjunction with the
infantry the cavalry attacked the enemy and captured 4 pieces of
artillery with caissons. about 300 prisoners (nearly the entire rebel
force), and all their arms and equipments, and nearly 400 horses.
March 28.—The division again moved forward, in advance of the
army under Major-General Banks, to Henderson's Hill.
March 29.—The march was continued to Monett's Ferry,. on Cane
River, where the time was occupied until noon of the 30th building
a bridge. Small squads of the enemy were encountered at this
point, and there was some slight skirmishing. The bridge being
completed, the division again moved forward to a short distance
above Cloutierville, where another crossing of Cane River was made.
Small parties of rebels retired before the advance, skirmishing to
this point, and losing 2 or 3 killed and some wounded.
March 31.—The command moved forward at an early hour, and
met with no resistance until about 1 p. m., when a small force of
rebels was encountered about 6 miles from Natchitoches. The rebels,
1,000 strong, with four pieces of artillery, were driven rapidly
through the town, losing several killed and wounded and 35 pris-
April 1.—The First Brigade, Col. T. J. Lucas commanding, ad-
vanced to White's Store, 12 miles from Natchitoches, on the Shreve-
April 2.—The First, Third, and Fourth Brigades, Brigadier-Gen-
eral Lee commanding, made a reconnaissance to Crump's Hill, where
the rebels were encountered and defeated by the First and Fourth
Brigades. Their force consisted of about 2,000 men, with six pieces
of artillery. One officer and 28 men were captured. and a number
killed and wounded.
April 3.—The enemy were pressed on the Pleasant Hill road, but
showed strong force. The division then, pursuant to orders, returned
to White's Store and Natchitoches.
April 4.—A portion of the Fifth Brigade made a reconnaissance to
Campti ; engaged a superior force of the enemy, who were compelled
to retire after a sharp fight.
April 6.—The division moved from Natchitoches, in advance of
the army under Major-General Banks, to Crump's Hill.
April 7.—The march continued. The Third Brigade, Col. H.
Robinson commanding, having the advance, engaged 3,000 of Green's
mounted Texans at Wilson's farm, 3 miles from Pleasant Hill, but
was unable to dislodge them and was forced to retire some distance.
Three regiments of the First Brigade, under Colonel Lucas, moved
to their support, charged, and drove the rebels from their position
with some loss. They retired to Carroll's Mill, where they received
heavy re-enforcements, and were so strongly posted that it was found
impossible to dislodge them with the force at hand.
April 8.—Colonel Landram arrived at daylight with a brigade of
infantry to assist in the advance. A strong resistance was made,
but the enemy was soon compelled to retire to Sabine Cross-Roads,
where the forces of Generals Green, Polignac, Mouton, and Dick